Callaway boasts a massive golf ball array, among which Supersoft and Chrome Soft models are the most popular and the most rivaling.
Although both models compete for absolute dominance on the course, their difference is quite apparent.
Chrome Soft is a premium, all-round golf ball intended for golfers that seek more control and spin around the green, while Supersoft is an oversized, distance golf ball designed for golfers who seek speed and distance.
Shortly said, there aren’t as many similarities as there are differences, so let’s take a look at their design and performance features.
Callaway Chrome Soft
The 4-layer construction of the Chrome Soft speaks sophistication and versatile, tour performance. Usually, golf balls that feature advanced construction are aimed at better players who seek greenside spin and added distance.
However, the most impressive feature of the Chrome Soft is the use of the strongest material ever known to men- Graphene. And it is even more unusual the golf ball to have the adjective ‘soft’ as a complete oxymoron to its construction.
We’ll be reviewing the 2020 upgraded design. It still features a dual-core construction, with a larger inner core acting as an engine of the ball. Here we can justify the use of the adjective ‘soft’ as the inner core is incredibly soft.
The outer, thinner core is Graphene-infused so that it lasts longer and adds more spin in the short game. The dual-core is super fast and helps golfers add more distance to their off the tee shots.
The ionomer-based mantle functions as energy transfer from the Dual-core that results in more ball speed. Since it is not ionomer but is a blend with other compounds, these additives help golfers achieve more consistency with the approaching shots.
If you know at least something about golf balls, you’ll know that urethane cover is the expensive, premium option that is usually featured in tour-level golf balls. It is even thinner than it was before, allowing golfers to get more spin and soft feel around the green while at the same time, maintain speed and distance.
The hexagonal dimple design adds the specific aerodynamic function, in addition to the superb grip and improved stopping power on the green.
Performance and Feel
I didn’t think that I was going to say this, but the Callaway Chrome Soft of this year does deliver improvement to the already outstanding model.
This might be due to the improved aerodynamic design, in addition to the extra soft core. You will notice less drag, which makes the ball faster, higher launch and ball flight, and optimized trajectory.
Long Game Performance
What surprises many golfers when hitting off the driving range or off the tee is the distance gain. This is particularly valid for golfers with higher swing speeds as the ball has the capacity to deliver the adequate response and more energy transfer.
You can expect consistent yardage gain, and in a way, it resembles the Titleist Pro V1, but it is much softer and gentler. It is more bouncy, producing higher trajectories and less spin. Even when you play with the long irons, the distance gain is steady too.
Another impressive feature is the forgiveness it offers. For a tour performance ball, it still gets distance and speed, even if you hit it off the center. And, it does maintain the trajectory in windy conditions.
This is where you can see the difference if you compare it with the Supersoft or any other golf ball. It spins incredibly well when using the wedges or short irons.
When using it with the putter, you feel its softness, but at the same time, the result is more roll to the hole.
All in all, it is an impressive and competing all-around golf ball intended for better players with optimum performance.
Well, the Supersoft is hardly comparable to Chrome Soft. If you exclude the adjective ‘soft’ from their names, they don’t have much in common. This golf ball model is mostly intended for golfers with slower swing speeds who need some help from their equipment.
The name itself is self-explanatory. It is a soft golf ball, with ultra-low compression core that mainly delivers straight ball flights with low spin.
The Supersoft drastically differs from the Chrome Soft as it uses completely different materials, and it has only two layers compared to the four-layer design of the Chrome Soft. It combines the proprietary HEX Aerodynamicdimple-design with compression of 38 to create a golf ball that is capable of delivering incredibly soft feel.
The ultra-soft compression core is an energy generator that makes the ball fly faster and further with low spin. It is large and bouncy and makes the ball behaves more ‘lively.’
The cover here is made from Surlyn, this is an ionomer which is much more durable than the urethane, but it delivers less feel and less spin in the short game. Surlyn is cheaper than the urethane, and it is found mainly in distance gold balls.
The so-called Trigonometry cover is aerodynamic and helps golfers to reduce the drag. Plus, it allows golfers to perform better on the green.
Performance and Feel
This the softest ball that Callaway has made, and that determines if performance. Soft balls are what slower swing golfers pick as it helps them launch the ball higher with a low spin and higher launches.
The Supersoft performs very well off the tee, and you can gain some distance plus, but not to the same extent as the Chrome Soft.
Off the wedges, the feel is very soft as well, with low trajectory and less stopping power compared to the Chrome Soft.
Yet, if you are a high to mid handicapper, you will undoubtedly find this ball playable with a springy feel off the driver, a somewhat similar feel off the putter as well.
From the review above, it is evident that Callaway Supersoft and Chrome Soft are two utterly different golf ball categories, aimed at players with different abilities.
Callaway Chrome Soft is a tour performance golf ball aimed at low handicappers and golfers who seek more spin and greenside control. On the other hand, the Supersoft model is the softest, low compression golf ball aimed at golfers with slower swing speeds.
The Chrome Soft is a much more advanced model in terms of materials used to make it. The urethane cover is much more expensive than Surlyn, while Graphene’s use adds even more value to it, even though it is only a 0.4% percentage. This is the reason for the price difference for almost a half.